Monday, July 14, 2014

Quilt Club Challenge Finished

It took me awhile, but I finally made a decision about which product and fabrics to use for my challenge.  The Oatmeal won!

I decided I really wanted to make a wonky house block with the Oatmeal package colors. Oatmeal is one of my very most favorite comfort foods. My mom used to make it for me and add brown sugar and butter (yes, very healthy <snicker>) and I loved it. What kid wouldn't?? This was my first attempt...not very wonky!

Second attempt...much wonkier!! In case you're wondering, that is "corn" fabric that I'm using for the ground.  Worked well, considering the colors I had to choose from.

This is where I had to do some thinking. Originally, I just put red and orange strips on the outside and then was going to bind it. However, it was just too boring. So then I thought of a checkerboard and came up with this.

It worked well, but I didn't have enough to go all the way around.  Back to the drawing board--or design wall. I played around with it a bit and thought about the fact that the house was wonky, so why shouldn't the border be a bit off as well?

From that came this. Having run out of the orange, I decided to play a bit.

Worked for me! From there it went onto my longarm. Yes, I know...overkill.  However, since I've started longarming, I have not been able to quilt on my domestic machine. I don't know how people switch back and forth. Everything, no matter the size, goes on the longarm to be quilted.

A few pics of the finished product:

And the back...

We turned them in just the other day. There were 31 entries, I believe. Mine does not stand a chance of winning, but I did win my own challenge. I came up with fabrics, the design idea, finished the top, quilted and bound it and turned it in. For me, that's a huge win. I will often come up with ideas, but that's where I fail. I never seem to get things put together, or if I do, I don't get them finished in time. This time I did it. 

We will vote on the winner at the next business meeting of our guild and then they will all be hung at the quilt show. I will show pics of the entries next. Including the super cute ribbons we all get just for entering!

Thanks for putting up with my convoluted design process!



  1. What a great quilt! I have been wondering what you had done in the challenge. I love how you came up with the final result. My guild is going to use your guilds idea later this year......I don't think we will have that many participants.....we are a small guild and don't have too many adventurous members.

    I look forward to seeing the other quilts.

    1. Hi Sherry, for the number of people in our guild, we really didn't have a huge amount participate. In reality, this was an easy challenge--otherwise, I certainly wouldn't have finished it. Having to use a traditional block made it much easier than normal. Good luck and let me know how your guild does.

  2. Love how this came out Dorothy. And good for you for ACTUALLY getting it completed. Who are you? And what did you do with the REAL Dorothy? :)

    1. The real Dorothy is on vacation; otherwise, NOTHING would get done. She's so wishy/washy!!!!!!

  3. Looks adorable! Just wonky enough!)

  4. Congratulations on completing a project. Must feel good.


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